Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The McGhie's Fancy

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The McGhie's Fancy (R4x40) 4C set Lewis N Derrick 1975

1-4 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples turn partners by the right hand
5-6 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples turn partners by the left hand
7-8 The 1st couple cast off one place on own sides to end in second place facing in and down, while the 2nd couple retaining left hands cross up into top place to end on opposite sides facing out and down and the 3rd couple retaining left hands cross over in third place to end on opposite sides facing out and up
9-16 With 2nd and 3rd couples on opposite sides, the 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance reels of three on sidelines
17-20 1st man with 2nd and 3rd women, similarly 1st woman with 2nd and 3rd men, join hands on the sidelines and advance and retire all clapping three times on bar 18
21-24 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance six hands three-quarters round to the left to end in lines across the dance
25-28 1st man with 2nd and 3rd women, similarly 1st woman with 2nd and 3rd men, advance and retire up and down the dance all clapping three times on bar 26
29-32 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance six hands three-quarters round to the right to end back on the sidelines in the order 213
33-34 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples set on sidelines
35-36 While the 1st couple cast off one place on their own sides the 2nd and 3rd couples, giving right hands, cross over to their own sides in first and second places respectively
37-38 The 2nd, 3rd, 1st and 4th couples join hands on the sidelines and set
39-40 While the 2nd and 3rd couples set again with nearer hands joined, the 1st couple, giving nearer hands, dance down to fourth place and the 4th couple cast up to third place to end in the order 2341

Repeat with a new top couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Notes

Clapping: Once with own hands and twice pat-a-cake style with the person opposite.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance, The McGhie's Fancy, was dedicated to Thomas and Agnes McGhie of Dumfries.

Suggested tune: Lord Randall's Bride.

Devised August 1975 and revised (bars 5-8) December 1986; first published 1987; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1975, 1986, 1987, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 1, The McGhie's Fancy and Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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